09 Mar 2016
With the public launch of project Fi mobile services; Google had stepped into its first foray of being a mobile phone service provider. The launch of project Fi marked the end of 10-months, invitation-only test phase.
Project Fi has been hailed for being a very different kind of cellular program for U.S. subscribers, potentially saving users a fair amount of money each month. Google charges $20 for basic service, which include unlimited domestic calls along with unlimited international and domestic texts messaging, and then $10 per GB of data used, with the credit for any unused data applied back to your account. More than 120 countries were covered by project Fi.
The product manager Simon Arscott said at the event that we are excited to be existing our invitation-only mode and opening up Project Fi so that the people across US can now sign up for Project Fi service without waiting for an invitation. The purpose behind the Project Fi launch is that delivering fast wireless service with the flexibility to use it anywhere you want nationally and internationally and with a simple monthly bill.
As of now Project Fi service is accessible only on Nexus 6, Nexus6P, Nexus 5X Smartphone’s from Google and they will operate with a special SIM card which support multiple networks.
Project Fi enabled Smartphone’s can link to one of two 4G LTE networks or to Wi-Fi, automatically selecting optimal connections and switching from one to another without interrupting service, according to Google.
"As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable," Google said in a blog post.
Google had announced a discount of Nexus 5X model smart phone with Project Fi service. The company offered if anyone buy Nexus 5X mobile through Project Fi and activates it, they can get the mobile at just $199 instead of $349.
The move for the launch of Project Fi by Google is seen as an attempt to pull the consumers from Apple.